eighth blackbird opens the concert with two works originally written for them, including David Lang’s learn to fly and the folk-song-inspired Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner of The National. Oldham, an erstwhile actor, joins the sextet to narrate Coming Together, Frederic Rzewksi’s fantastically urgent setting of a letter from a prison inmate. They close the evening with a set of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s exquisite songs arranged for Oldham and eighth blackbird.
Nico Muhly: Doublespeak
Bryce Dessner: Murder Ballades
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together feat. Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Will Oldham: Selected songs feat. Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy